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Real World (and Worldwide) Learning

In 2013-2014 more than 7,500 students gained real-world work through internships, cooperative education (co-ops), practica, and student teaching. Co-ops and internships provide students with a quality experience they will carry with them into the real world. Many students choose Grand Valley precisely because of its co-op and internship opportunities in disciplines as diverse as engineering and health care to business and teaching.

The result is that West Michigan businesses get quality interns and qualified employees while Grand Valley students gain valuable experience and make important career connections. It's a scenario that's engineered for student success and one that's rarely found at any other school in Michigan.

Research (For) Your Future

Grand Valley provides a foundation of academic and critical thinking skills that makes it possible for undergraduate students to conduct hands-on, professional research and creative practice in their chosen field.

The Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (OURS) offers a variety of
opportunities and resources for undergraduates to pursue collaborative research opportunities that are generally only available to graduate students at other universities. Some of the hallmark programs of OURS include: